In eight months time, cinema-goers everywhere will watch in awe as Earth’s mightiest heroes reunite on the big screen and conclude Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Phase Three will begin shortly after, kicking off with the much anticipated Ant-Man adaptation (starring Paul Rudd in the title role), followed by the second Thor sequel, the second Captain America sequel, the first Guardians of the Galaxy sequel, and then Doctor Strange.
After months of speculation as to who might be stepping in the coveted superhero role, it has been revealed that Joaquin Phoenix is in final negotiations to portray the iconic character. In the established lore of the comics, Doctor Strange (the ‘Sorcerer Supreme’) serves as the Earth’s main defence against threats of mystical, magical origin. Curiously, Marvel Studios have gone on record to say that the upcoming film will not be an origin story like with the previous superhero introductions, allowing them to jump right into the mythos of the character and present something spectacular on-screen. His last movie outing was back in 1978, where Peter Hooten portrayed the character.
Doctor Strange will be released in cinemas worldwide in 2016.